Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa Wins Men’s Title at the 2018 New York City Marathon

by EthioForum

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the men’s race of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 59 seconds, surging ahead of two other runners near the finish in Central Park. Mary Keitany, the world-record holder in the women’s marathon, won the women’s race in a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 48 seconds, her fourth victory in the event.


Lelisa Desisa Wins Men’s Title at the 2018 New York City Marathon

Desisa, 28, won his first New York marathon, defeating Shura Kitata, 22, of Ethiopia and Geoffrey Kamworor, 25, of Kenya, the defending champion.

The race, with more than 50,000 runners winding 26.2 miles through all five boroughs, unfolded in buttery fall sunshine on a cool, breezy morning that brought out thousands of spectators.

Keitany, 36, of Kenya, made her sixth appearance in the New York marathon.

She had come in second last year but won in 2014, 2016 and 2016. She beat Vivian Cheruiyot, 35, of Kenya, who ran 2 hours 26 minutes 2 seconds and Shalane Flanagan, 37, of the United States, who came in third with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes 22 seconds.

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